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Say goodbye to Brooklyn and hello to … well, that’s to be determined. All we know for now is that the Atlantic 10 conference basketball tournament is being moved from the Barclays Center to an on-campus location.
“The challenges presented by COVID-19 and the ability to host this event on campus provides the league with operational efficiencies, established local health departments relationships, and a familiarity of conference COVID-19 protocols,” Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have first class arenas throughout the A-10, with strong administrative and operational staff on campus, giving the league numerous options for a member institution to host.”
The Atlantic 10 tourney is scheduled for March 10-14. A host among the 14 schools is expected to be announced soon.
VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin told Virginia’s WWBT-TV that the school has “a high level of interest” in hosting the men’s tournament.
“We will host the A-10 women’s tournament the prior week, so it makes a lot of sense for us to host both, given operational challenges in a COVID-19 world,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin and VCU undoubtedly have a shot. The other schools likely do, too. For now, all we know is someone will host, and it won’t be the Barclays Center.